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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Standing on the Promises

Standing on the Promises

A favorite old hymn is titled “Standing on the Promises”. We sing it sometimes but do we know what promises God has given us and are we standing on them?

“The gospel is the power of God to everyone who believes.” Romans 1:16. Does this mean that when we believe (accept) the gospel (Gods’ promises) those promises become real and powerful for us?

I remember reading an old fairy tale about a princess and an ugly frog. Only if the princess were to kiss the frog would he magically turn into her charming prince. If she were to never kiss him he would remain a frog forever. These old fairy tales were passed on to convey bits of wisdom and nuggets of truth. And the truth for us is that Gods’ promises only become real for us when we accept them – believe them. Like the princess, we have to actively do something (believe) before these promises become ours. Belief (faith) is the key that will un-lock Gods’ storehouse of blessings.

And what a vast storehouse of promises God has prepared for His children – those who believe and repent. Jesus’ death has not only purchased our salvation but through Jesus Christ we receive all of our provisions, -and healings being part of that inheritance. So many promises are ours. But today lets look at a few of our promises for healing.

Christ commissioned the twelve disciples to heal the sick. Matt. 10:7-8 . Later His commission was given to all who believe. Mark 16:17-18. Part of the commission reads, “They will lay hands on the sick and they will recover.” vs.18. The great commission has never been revoked. We have been commissioned not only to spread the good news of salvation, but to heal the sick in Jesus’ Name

Some of our promises for healing are:

James 5:14-15 “Is anyone sick among you? Let him call the elders and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the Name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him, up, and if he has committed sin, he will be forgiven.”

John 15: 7 “If you live in Me, and My Words live in you, ask whatever you will and it will be done for you.”

Isaiah 53:5 “He was wounded for our transgressions and by His stripes we are healed.”

John 16:23 “Whatever you ask the Father in My Name, He will give it to you.”

These are just a few of many promises we have been given. There are so many more. Just a little faith on our part and we will see the power – the provision given from God. All of Scripture tells us that God requires faith. If our faith is weak we can ask and continue asking our Father for more faith, and He will give us more. Also our faith grows when we study the Bible. “Faith comes by hearing the Word of God.” Romans 10:17 .

Our faith is so important to God. Let’s build up our precious faith, study Gods’ Word, and keep asking God for more faith. Let’s do what it takes. Let’s make sure we are standing on the promises..

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